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Release Date:
October 16, 2019

For the Monthly Retail Trade Survey, all current month estimates are preliminary estimates, which will be superseded in following months by revised estimates.

Inventories estimates released as part of the Advance Economic Indicators Report are not included in the time series. For the latest advance estimates, go to the Advance Economic Indicators Report website.

For information on the reliability and use of the data, including important notes on estimation and sampling variance, seasonal adjustment, measures of sampling variability, and other information pertinent to this economic indicator, go to the Monthly and Annual Retail Trade website, which provides time-series Excel files for Sales [XLS, 665kb], and Inventories and Inventories/Sales Ratios [XLS, 420kb] data.

Estimated measures of sampling variability for totals are expressed as coefficients of variation (CV). Standard errors (SE) are provided for month-to-month change and ratio estimates.

Estimated measures of sampling variability are based on data not adjusted for seasonal variation, and should be used when drawing inferences about both adjusted and not adjusted estimates.

Inventories are only available for the following industries (defined in Box 3 above): 44000, 4400A, 441, 4423X, 444, 445, 448, 452, 4521.

NA = Not available.

(S) = Suppressed.

The Y-axis for the line charts may be truncated to prevent flattening of the lines or to present the complete range of data.

Source: Monthly Retail Trade and Food Services (Definitions)
441: Motor Vehicle and Parts Dealers: U.S. Total — Seasonally Adjusted Sales - Monthly [Millions of Dollars]
Year Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
1992 33,478 33,817 33,336 33,776 34,357 34,781 35,199 34,585 35,890 35,972 35,928 36,272
1993 37,621 36,723 35,955 38,521 39,006 38,892 40,290 40,504 40,203 40,857 42,077 42,796
1994 42,660 43,685 44,475 45,072 44,098 44,541 44,477 45,232 46,314 47,041 47,203 46,941
1995 47,224 45,902 46,681 47,056 47,718 49,652 48,832 49,748 49,188 49,271 49,863 50,163
1996 50,349 52,288 52,348 51,531 52,200 51,798 52,004 51,472 53,184 53,450 52,710 52,835
1997 54,010 54,601 54,233 53,861 52,191 54,066 55,255 55,488 55,334 54,856 55,314 55,763
1998 55,494 54,841 56,135 57,464 57,882 59,264 56,320 54,997 57,196 59,294 59,817 60,473
1999 60,535 61,260 61,641 62,150 63,211 63,452 64,509 65,713 65,150 64,519 66,269 65,909
2000 67,679 69,085 68,433 65,812 65,781 66,638 65,205 65,311 66,850 66,208 64,645 63,524
2001 65,926 66,188 65,671 66,933 67,039 66,710 66,067 66,350 63,929 80,455 72,413 68,220
2002 67,665 68,168 66,570 68,251 65,062 67,354 69,944 72,204 68,066 67,553 67,931 69,794
2003 69,673 66,535 68,628 69,580 69,660 70,325 71,049 72,919 71,184 69,817 71,738 70,103
2004 69,270 71,093 72,137 69,960 72,821 68,991 71,238 71,365 74,729 73,858 73,407 75,387
2005 72,083 73,773 74,147 73,649 73,225 79,639 81,605 73,787 70,627 67,853 73,211 73,332
2006 76,757 74,108 74,609 74,898 74,081 75,369 75,964 75,187 74,579 75,447 76,064 75,438
2007 75,399 75,841 75,472 76,205 77,186 74,794 74,932 76,549 77,176 77,617 75,921 73,345
2008 73,834 72,206 71,774 70,052 69,143 67,161 64,397 64,985 62,549 56,599 54,984 54,123
2009 55,790 54,188 53,100 53,557 54,089 56,611 57,748 62,263 53,534 56,469 57,355 57,079
2010 56,920 55,856 60,953 61,823 61,617 61,478 62,510 62,551 63,136 64,805 65,498 65,244
2011 66,286 67,320 67,587 66,876 65,855 66,654 66,429 65,792 68,823 69,812 70,293 71,614
2012 71,646 72,589 72,775 72,871 73,572 72,581 73,004 73,859 75,275 74,807 75,763 76,859
2013 77,647 78,801 77,922 78,227 79,398 81,090 81,458 81,154 79,638 81,123 81,678 80,982
2014 78,622 81,101 83,884 85,412 85,579 85,582 86,008 86,845 85,954 86,269 87,305 86,863
2015 88,050 86,646 90,091 90,759 91,620 91,594 91,574 92,241 92,696 92,334 92,913 92,561
2016 92,466 94,522 92,472 93,273 93,363 93,812 95,319 95,667 96,275 96,440 96,066 98,489
2017 98,355 97,421 95,311 96,510 96,852 97,717 97,695 95,872 100,247 101,069 100,071 99,812
2018 99,973 98,816 99,306 99,932 100,473 100,470 100,876 99,346 99,752 101,219 102,032 102,467
2019 100,431 100,089 103,486 103,079 103,496 104,199 104,333 106,299 NA NA NA NA
Source: Monthly Retail Trade and Food Services (Definitions)
441: Motor Vehicle and Parts Dealers: U.S. Total — Not Seasonally Adjusted Sales - Monthly [Millions of Dollars]
Year Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
1992 29,811 31,217 35,136 36,082 36,460 38,389 37,814 35,436 35,883 36,738 32,360 33,067
1993 32,200 32,787 39,258 41,055 41,390 42,995 42,978 41,706 40,274 40,287 38,982 39,004
1994 36,499 39,207 48,794 47,592 47,065 49,302 45,730 48,327 46,351 46,178 43,612 42,484
1995 40,555 41,459 51,531 47,869 52,775 54,922 49,968 53,479 48,827 48,488 46,040 43,802
1996 44,859 49,575 55,636 54,096 58,150 54,914 55,071 55,481 51,121 54,229 48,137 46,238
1997 48,395 50,126 57,665 56,305 57,939 57,464 58,472 58,070 54,860 55,571 48,573 50,377
1998 49,721 50,744 59,831 60,028 62,210 64,854 59,770 57,742 56,630 59,483 52,556 54,846
1999 52,535 57,052 67,732 64,869 67,822 69,366 68,335 69,464 64,572 62,383 59,856 60,218
2000 58,773 66,892 75,067 65,986 73,050 73,002 67,260 71,850 65,835 63,805 58,449 56,241
2001 59,261 61,518 71,400 67,278 74,342 72,739 69,045 73,327 60,942 79,534 65,196 60,997
2002 60,565 62,937 69,771 70,792 72,154 71,067 76,408 79,583 65,150 66,329 60,589 63,466
2003 62,134 61,021 71,864 72,396 76,730 74,622 78,478 77,662 70,122 68,133 61,677 66,749
2004 61,146 65,230 78,662 73,252 77,491 75,355 78,837 76,377 73,580 68,745 65,221 72,476
2005 61,936 66,945 80,609 77,669 78,327 85,378 87,710 81,220 69,412 63,594 64,845 70,662
2006 65,737 67,452 82,754 76,180 81,517 80,599 80,889 82,997 73,000 70,365 67,512 70,995
2007 66,585 69,373 83,833 77,265 85,183 79,824 79,097 84,633 73,470 74,461 67,344 69,071
2008 65,843 69,030 76,614 73,736 76,127 69,428 69,677 69,676 60,489 55,026 47,866 52,353
2009 50,093 50,006 57,133 55,939 57,732 59,522 62,300 66,182 52,123 54,866 50,024 55,852
2010 49,870 51,822 67,448 64,368 65,243 64,700 67,006 66,074 61,654 61,386 58,830 64,512
2011 57,881 62,575 75,168 69,542 69,277 70,201 69,178 71,295 66,956 65,913 63,968 70,984
2012 62,268 70,329 81,157 73,491 79,796 75,954 75,239 80,728 71,318 72,301 69,694 74,219
2013 69,337 73,035 83,637 81,495 86,702 82,571 86,006 88,654 75,491 78,782 75,389 78,195
2014 70,382 74,954 90,488 87,959 93,239 86,715 91,275 92,624 83,365 84,334 78,968 86,548
2015 78,427 79,512 96,419 93,672 97,424 94,600 97,756 97,898 90,772 90,400 84,094 93,138
2016 80,151 89,395 100,382 96,991 98,252 97,880 99,151 103,502 94,921 92,173 89,469 99,994
2017 84,240 88,429 105,194 96,381 104,634 101,671 101,248 103,770 98,997 96,494 93,956 99,403
2018 87,735 89,300 109,339 99,132 108,914 104,752 103,894 108,537 96,316 99,487 95,799 101,962
2019 88,365 90,149 111,110 104,198 112,849 105,818 110,449 116,039 NA NA NA NA
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Source: U.S. Census Bureau | Business & Industry | sssd.econ.data@census.gov |  Last Revised: October 18, 2019